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 Installing and configuring an Actiontec MI424WR wireless home network
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Creating a wireless network with a Actiontec MI424WR router in Windows XP


Actiontec MI424WR Router


Let Verizon In-Home Agent do the work for you. In-Home Agent is an easy-to-use software that can automatically configure your laptop and PCs to connect to your Verizon Broadband Home Router and to the Internet. It provides automated networking for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 computers.

Manually creating an Actiontec MI424WR wireless network in Windows XP requires six steps:

  1. Verify Installation


  2. Installation Preparations


  3. Windows Setup


  4. Update Security


  5. Add Computers


  6. Test Connections



Step 1: Verifying installation
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Creating an Actiontec MI424WR wireless network in Windows XP


Before you begin creating a home network, confirm that your Actiontec MI424WR router is functioning properly. The easiest way to do this is to verify you can connect to the Internet.

  1. Open Internet Explorer or any other browser on your computer.


  2. Enter http://www.verizon.com into the Address field. The Verizon home page should display.
     
    Figure depicting Internet Explorer
    1. If the Verizon home page does not display, refer to the Actiontec MI424WR router troubleshooting tips. After you have solved the problem, repeat this test.



Step 2: Preparations
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Creating an Actiontec wireless MI424WR network in Windows XP


Before you begin setting up your wireless network, be sure that you have completed each item on the checklist below.

  • Figure depicting a checkboxReview the wireless networking system requirements.
     
  • Figure depicting a checkboxReview the factors to considerbefore installing your wireless network.
     
  • Figure depicting a checkboxVerify you have the required network adapters and accessories:


    • Wireless USB adapter for each desktop computer you are connecting to your network.
    • Depending on when you purchased your home networking hardware, you may receive Westell or D-Link wireless USB adapters.
    • Note: The Westell wireless USB adapters are not compatible with WPA encryption. If you want to use WPA encryption with a wireless USB adapter, you must upgrade to the ZyXEL G-220 wireless adapter.
       
    • Wireless notebook adapter or a wireless USB adapter for each notebook computer you are connecting to your network.
    • Depending on when you purchased your home networking hardware, you may received a Westell or D-Link wireless USB adapters, or Westell or D-Link wireless notebook adapters.
    • Note: The Westell wireless USB adapters are not compatible with WPA encryption. If you want to use WPA encryption with a wireless USB adapter, you must upgrade to the ZyXEL G-220 wireless adapter.
       
    • Many newer computers are sold with wireless network adapters installed. You can use Device Manager to confirm whether you have a wireless network adapter installed in your computer.
       
    • Ethernet cable.



Step 3: Setting up your network in Windows  
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Creating an Actiontec MI424WR wireless network in Windows XP
 

Before you can connect a computer to your home network, you must configure Windows to automatically obtain an IP address for the Actiontec router.

Although you can set up a home network in Windows 98 SE, Me and 2000, you will find it significantly easier if the computer connected to the router is running Windows XP. Windows XP was designed with features and installation wizards specifically for home networking.

Note: The instructions for installing a home network in the earlier versions of Windows will be released in the future. Until these instructions are released, you can find information on the Microsoft Web site.

  1. Click Start in the left Taskbar.


  2. Click All Programs


  3. Click Accessories
Download the complete instructions for easy printing. Download the Windows Setup instructions for easy printing.
Figure depicting menus to access the Network Setup Wizard

  1. Click Communications


  2. Select Network Setup Wizard


  3. Select Next when the Welcome to the Network Setup Wizard displays.
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  4. Review the preparation steps and click Next. Please disregard the note to install the network adapters and turn on all peripherals. That will be done in a later step.

    Figure depicting the Network Setup Wizard


  5. If the disconnected network hardware window displays, select Ignore disconnected network hardware and click Next.
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  6. Select Other as the Internet connection method and click Next.
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  7. Select This computer connects directly to the Internet. I do not have a network yet as the specific Internet connection method and click Next.

    Figure depicting Home Networking Wizard


  8. Enter a description in the Computer description field for the computer you are connecting to the gateway. It should be a description that differentiates it from the other computers that will be on the network (For example, office desktop).
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  9. Enter a name for this computer in the Computer name field. The name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.
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  10. 1. Note: The name cannot contain spaces or special characters.



  11. Enter a name for your network workgroup in the Workgroup name field and click Next. All computers connected to your network must be assigned to the same workgroup.


  12. 1. Note: The workgroup name cannot contain any spaces or special characters.



    Figure depicting Network Setup Wizard


  13. Verify the network settings you have entered and click Next.


  14. Select Create a Network Setup Disk and click Next.
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  15. Select the drive where you want to save the information from the options displayed and click Next.
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  16. Follow the directions for the type of drive you selected and click Next.


  17. Review the instructions for using the setup disk.

    Figure depicting steps to use the setup disk


  18. Remove the disk from the drive and click Next.


  19. Click Finish. You will use this setup disk later if you add other computers to your network.
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  20. If you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
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Step 4: Configuring the wireless security settings on your Actiontec MI424WR router
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Creating an Actiontec MI424WR wireless network in Windows XP


Security is an important issue when using a wireless home network. Because radio waves are used to transfer information between your networked computers, it's possible for hackers to intercept this information. Taking advantage of the security features built into your Actiontec MI424WR router can make it more difficult for hackers to access your personal information.

Your Actiontec MI424WR router comes with an assigned ESSID (may also be called SSID) and WEP encryption key to make installation easier and provide immediate protection for your home network. WEP encryption is compatible with nearly all wireless devices, so a minimum level of security is provided for your network as soon as you set it up.
However, WEP encryption does not protect your wireless network from a determined hacker. Verizon recommends using WPA encryption on your Actiontec MI424WR home network, since it isn't compatible with WPA2. All wireless devices connected to your wireless network must be compatible with the type of encryption you use. Review the potential WPA compatibility issues before setting up WPA encryption.

Note: The Westell wireless USB adapters are not compatible with WPA encryption. If you want to use WPA encryption with a wireless USB adapter, you must upgrade to the ZyXEL G-220 wireless adapter.

Select the type of network encryption you want to use for your Actiontec MI424WR network.


Step 5: Connecting additional computers  
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Steps to create an Actiontec MI424WR wireless network in Windows XP


If you have additional computers you want to connect to your wireless network, please follow the directions below. If you have no additional computers to connect, you can skip to Step 6.

 

The instructions for adding a computer to your wireless network depends on whether the computer you're adding has a wireless network adapter already installed.

If your computer has a wireless adapter built in or you have previously installed a wireless network adapter, you only need to set up the connection to the wireless network. The directions are much simpler and generally take less than five minutes to complete. If you're unsure about whether you have a wireless network adapter, you can use Windows Device Manager to determine whether you have one installed.

If you don't have a wireless network adapter installed, connecting an additional computer will require two major steps:

  1. Configure Windows on the computers you are adding to the network so they have the correct components for home networking installed.

  2. Connect the other computers to your home network using Ethernet cable or wireless network adapters.

Note: If you're creating a wireless network for a single laptop computer, you can skip this step and continue with Step 6.



Step 6: Testing your Internet connection  
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Steps to create an Actiontec wireless network in Windows XP


The final step is to test your Internet connection on each computer on your home network. This ensures that all the connections are secure, and the hardware configurations are working properly.

  1. Open your Internet browser on the computer connected to your router.


  2. Enter http://www.verizon.com in the Address field. The Verizon home page should display. [Show Me]
  3. If you want a completely wireless network, remove the Ethernet cable (yellow in the illustration below) that connects your computer to the Actiontec router.
Figure depicting the Actiontec wireless router connections
What's Next?

You have successfully installed your wireless home network. When you're ready, the next step to get the maximum benefits from your home network is to configure Windows to to share folders and printers.


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